Los Medanos College Quadrangle Complex

Client: Contra Costa Community College District
Services Provided: Master Planning,  Programming, Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration
Project Location: Pittsburg, CA
Facilities: 2008 (Library, Math Building and Science Building)
Master Plan Completion Date: 2001
Master Plan Goals:

  • Create a welcoming gateway to the campus
  • Consolidate and expand Student Services
  • Locate footprints for future planned facilities
  • Create more unprogrammed space for students (activity areas -indoor and outdoor)

Library: 27,225 sf; August 2007 Completion Date
Math Building: 23,000 sf; August 2007 Completion Date
Science Building: 55,935 sf; June 2008 Completion Date
Sustainability: Savings By Design

Awards: 2010 AWARD OF MERIT Community College Facilities Coalition
2004 AWARD OF MERIT Community College Facilities Coalition (Facilities Master Plan)

Los Medanos College has developed a new College Quadrangle Complex to facilitate future growth and create, per the master plan, a proper campus with a central quadrangle. The complex consists of the Math, Science, and Library buildings and a central quad positioned between the new buildings and the original 280,000 s.f. building. The complex forms a welcoming gateway and new entrance to the college.

By incorporating gracious, well landscaped, quadrangles, which afford shaded outdoor spaces, has enhanced the entry experience. tBP/Architecture worked with faculty, staff and students to create a plan that included opportunities to expand the existing campus and develop the site, while improving the overall image of the College.  The first floor of the complex is accessed directly from the parking area and the upper floors align with the level of the main facility. Primary vehicular access to the College is improved so that as one enters the campus, the new gateway building is clearly visible. A new drop-off area and short-term visitor parking provides easy access to the campus. An information center, incorporated into the new complex provides campus information to visitors.